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Psalms
11/23/2009 1:50:51 AM
Well, I thought I had finished my book, "Bible Wisdom: Psalms of Praise and Power newly translated from the Greek Old Testament", but I was wrong. Of course, I didn't translate all the Psalms. Some are duplicates, so I didn't bother repeating them just because it's customary to do so and because that's what all other Bible translators have done in the past. I also excluded those Psalms I thought were uninspired in whole or in part and those that were too mutilated to reconstruct. Nonetheless, I had the uneasy feeling that the book lacked something. What was it?

El Senor had the answer. "Your book lacks poetry," He said. "It's not poetic!" He was right, of course. My translations were accurate enough (given that they were based on the Ancient Greek Septuagint version), but I'd missed out on the poetry of the original.

Of course it's neither possible nor desirable to recapture either the format or the cadences of Hebrew verse. And I can't read Hebrew anyway. I was using the Septuagint which renders the Hebrew simply as prose. Nonetheless, just about all English versions (the Catholic Confraternity edition is a notable exception) use a poetic format.

But a poem most do more than just look like poetry. It must read like poetry. It must soar like poetry. It must grab the heart, mind and soul of the reader like poetry.


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